French Creek

Here are some of the most prominent and impactful stories we reported on in 2021 (in no particular order).
The most recent service interruption was today (Dec. 30), affecting residents in Errington (Electoral Area F) and the Town of Qualicum Beach.
A proposed eagle preserve in the French Creek Estuary is closer to realization thanks to a $28,000 donation from 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside.
Up to 7,000 tonnes of biosolids from the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre (GNPCC) will be used each year at a new site located near Blackjack Ridge north of the Nanaimo Lakes.
“In coming to our decision on Sandpiper, we seriously considered the potential impacts of climate change on our system and concluded that we have the ability to help,” said Brian Wiese, mayor of Qualicum Beach.
“And then came Lehann Wallace. Since her election as our current Area G Director on the RDN board, she has been committed and relentless in pursuing a solution to this issue,” writes Larry Biccum in his letter.
Construction on the project is expected to start immediately with water supply being provided to Sandpiper by early fall, according to a joint release by the Town of Qualicum Beach and the RDN.
Oceanside RCMP, Parksville Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance services responded to a “human tragedy” at French Creek bridge Friday morning.
“The fire was contained to some contents in the garage and did not extend into the actual structure. There was smoke throughout the entire structure,” Fire Chief Marc Norris said.

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